While many people were still counting sheep after a night of New Year’s Eve celebrations, Sharalyn Zettler was welcoming her first born into the world.
Weighing in at 7 pounds, 12 ounces, Bryceson Dublin was the first baby born in 2014 at Metroplex Hospital in Killeen to Zettler, 26, and Michael Dublin, 33, of Killeen. Bryceson was born at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday.
“I wasn’t expecting to have him on New Year’s,” said the proud mother from her room in labor and delivery, adding that she was originally due Dec. 26. “I was running stairs, doing lots of walking and eating spicy foods, which I hate, to get him going because I couldn’t wait to see him.”
Zettler said her water broke at the hospital at 7:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve and her contractions started around 2:30 a.m. New Year’s Day.
“This was definitely the hardest and most painful thing I have ever done, but I’ll go through it again to have another one,” said the new mom, adding she wants Bryceson to have a little sister someday.
Convinced she was having a girl, Zettler said she had a name
picked out and even got her nails painted pink for their gender reveal day.
“My boyfriend already has a son, so we were hoping for a girl, but he’s healthy and perfect, and I am just so happy he’s here,” she said, rocking the newborn in her arms.
To congratulate the couple on the birth, Zettler and Dublin received a basket of newborn essentials from Heights resident Pat Johnson, who makes a basket for the first boy and the first girl born every year.
According to Shelley Humphrey, Metroplex’s public relations coordinator, the hospital delivered 1,345 babies in 2013.